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Republicans and Democrats “Bust the Bubble” in Teacher Retirement System

Date posted: April 3, 2013

By Ray Myers

Pop the BubbleEstablishment Republicans and Democrats in Austin have a problem.  The health care portion of the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS-care) will have a budget shortfall of $1.2 billion by 2016.  Legislators must meet the state’s obligations to its teachers, but that takes money.  They could cut some waste out of the state’s budget, but that would endanger their pork barrel projects.  What’s a self-serving politician to do? Fear not!  They have a solution, and it’s one you’ve heard before: Raid the Rainy Day Fund (RDF).  The RDF is for emergencies.  In the Austin bubble, saving pet pork is an emergency.  Those of us outside the bubble know better.  

Believe it or not, there are some Republicans in Austin representing you.  There are 11 freshmen members of the Texas House-God bless ‘em-who have come up with a novel idea: They want to cut spending, wasteful spending in particular.  To do this, they have filed 3 dozen amendments “each of which proposes taking money away from a state program or agency and allocating it toward the Teacher Retirement System’s retiree group health insurance plan.” 

The state agencies they want to defund are:

  • Texas Tourism Fund
  • Governor’s Commission for Women
  • Texas Film and Music Marketing
  • Pollution Prevention and Recycling
  • Feral Hog Abatement
  • Wine Marketing, Research and Education
  • Taking Care of Texas Program (environmentalists)
  • Commission on The Arts
  • Board of Professional Geoscientists
  • Board of professional Land Surveyors
  • Texas Lottery Commission Marketing and Promotion Strategy (because Texas needs new schemes to get Texans to waste their hard earned money on the Lottery)
  • Steroid Testing
  • Agricultural Commodity/Commodity Supplemental Food Program
  • Doctoral Incentive Program
  • Texas Clean School Bus Program (because it takes a village to clean a school bus)
  • Education Service Centers (the good people who brought us CSCOPE). 
  • TEA (the Texas Education Agency will be cut back to the funding from 1997 and the savings will go to TRS-care. 

Those of you who want a return to Constitutional-style governance should have no problem with cutting these programs.  But the Establishment Republicans who run the Texas House have a big problem with it.  This is not the way business is done in Austin-not on their watch!

There are people in Austin who are actually fighting for us and they are asking for your help.  They want everyone reading this, especially educators, to contact their representative in the House and ask him or her to support the amendments that will defund these programs.  

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Go here to find out who your Texas State Representative is & how to contact them.  Each of their names is a link that will take you to their contact information.

Tired of business as usual?  Somebody is trying to put a stop to it.  They need our help and they need it now. Let’s bust the Austin bubble. Contact your representative today.

Ray Myers a Tea Party Activist and Leader of the Kaufman County Tea Party

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Hey Texas Parents It is Time to Seek the Truth and Protect our Children

Date posted: February 8, 2013

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If you were at the Argyle Community Meeting on CSCOPE last night are you most likely saying to yourself -What the heck is going on here? How did this kind of curriculum get into Texas schools?

I believe my good friends over at AgendaWise.com hit the nail on the head in their article 

Ruling class funtime (judges, and educrats, and ParentPACs, oh my!)

“The public education system in Texas, a system that is broken in one sense and high-performance in another. It is broken for the purposes of education, but it is lean, mean, and high performance as a political special interest juggernaut.”

One thing I know for sure is that my family is truly blessed to be in Argyle ISD. We have an administration who honestly cares for our children, their education and is trying hard to find solutions to the challenges our district faces. I believe that is how many districts are as well across our state. The challenge is they have been sold a bill of goods in CSCOPE.  Emotions were high last night but in the end we are a community that cares and will work together to find solutions that work for our children. What I worry about are the other districts who are not being as honest and forthright and whose kids will be the generation of CSCOPE kids who do not there is right and wrong answers and who will suffer the conscience

Read this and tell me what you think? Does it make sense to you?

By (Ms. Mac) Jeanine McGregor  

Seven Areas of Concern In Regard To CSCOPE:   

        

  • Philosophy of Social Constructivism Ideology of Progressive/Liberal/Radical Theories.Based on ideology of Marxism (Lev Vygotsky), Humanism (Linda Hammond), and Socialist Hardest on Minorities and the Poor; Control System versus Service 

 

  • The Implementation of  Intimidation, Fear, Guilt and  Covertness
  • Establishes a fear:   STAAR Test
  • Establishes guilt:  Accommodating children who move;  Failure is someone else’s fault
  • Disrespects, intimidates and isolates teachers
  • Contract /Disclosure Agreement/ULA

          Signed under duress    Threat of legal suit    Teacher contributions being confiscated

          2. Three-minute walk-through (Fenwick English)   Disturbs the classroom

          3. Threat of on-line monitoring of teacher activities/ public display of failing work

              Removes input and feedback from and influence of parents;  x/y generations

        Removed the importance of  textbooks      Removed the importance of  homework

        Trains administration how to minimize criticism &/disarm complaints

        Petitioned Attorney General to protect from exposure to competitors and public

        Parents can not access lessons-limited information through parent portal

 

  • The Cost, Financial Accountability, and Public Relations

               Vendor versus governmental agency?   Established a monopoly 

               Developed on taxpayer time and with taxpayer money- Taken over by TESCCC 

               Highly Questionable Relationship With (NER) National Educational Resources, Inc.

               No Contract, No Bids, Kick-backs

                               

  • Quality and Substance of Materials

              Incomplete use/alignment of TEKS   Safety for children in question

              Indoctrination of students: Questionable internet sources, Leading questions on tests

              (Anti-American, Anti-Christian Slants), Inappropriate readability levels ,Grammatical &  Factual errors

              Buzz Words: Authenticity (Wiggins), Rigor, Culturally-Relevant, Deeper Understanding; 21st Century 

             Skills, Scaffolding, Personal Relevance; Concept-Basis (Erickson) vs. Topic; Inch-Deep/Mile Wide,

             Education  Equity; Collaboration, Big Picture, Reflective Teaching, Backward Design (McTighe),

 

  • Misrepresentation

                Parent Portal:  Actual material not available

                Philosophy/Ideology/Differences in Methodology: Not openly explained/revealed to public

                Connection to Common Core Standards:  Edugate/Hammond

                Confusion:  curriculum?  curriculum–management? auxiliary product? living curriculum?

                Plagiarism: Teachers report seeing lessons elsewhere; material not sourced or referenced

                Sources Of Lessons Not Revealed: Experts?  Authors?  Editors? References? Credentials?

               Terminology (Just New Paint):  YAG (Year At A Glance),VAD (Vertical Alignment Document),

                IFD (Instructional Focus Document), 5E -John Dewey- (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate), 

      

  • Inefficiency

                 Results: Bad before good-   70 is the new 100!   

                 Teachers’ Time and Energy: overwhelmingly taxed

                 Mind-Control: All across Texas on the same lesson, Failing students ?  Non-CSCOPE students?

                 Title I and NCLB:  Principles of parental involvement undermined

                     Access To Instructional Focus Document:  last minute -six weeks at a time only

                     Polarizing:  Administration/Teachers;  X/Y Generations;  Progressive/Conservative;

                     Humanism/Christianity, Government/Private Enterprise

 

  • Hurting Students 

                Withdrawal from schools; crying, stress; drastic change in grades; demonized

                Repeated tests finally given answers to tests (Teaches delayed effort/cheating OK)

 

I am still working on the video from last night. I will get it out ASAP. I know that many are waiting to see it who were not able be be there. 

This issue with CSOPE looks like is going to get much bigger in the weeks and months to come and I can tell you this is much bigger than Argyle and it is very good that you are aware of the issue and talking about what all the options are moving forward. 
 
What to expect: 
Lawsuits ???? 
Huge battles in the 83rd legislative session and good people getting caught in the mess of it all. 
Who will suffer the most- Texas Children. That is very sad. 
 
Please pray~ 

Step 1 Join the Movement to #StopCSCOPE ~ Sign the Petition NOW –http://womenonthewall.org/cscope-petition

 
Step 2. #2 Start helping REP. STEVE TOTH with his very important bill HB 760 — The CSCOPE Transparency Act To Ensure Consistent Oversight of Public School Curriculum – Please read Rep. Toth’s HB 760 posted toward the bottom of this page and then look at the list of House members who are joint authors and/or co-authors. We must have literally hundreds of House members sign on to this bill in order to get it out of the House Public Education Committee and to the House floor for a vote. This will take all of us contacting our House members and insisting that they support HB 760. 
 

Recent articles on CSCOPE:

1.22.13 –CSCOPE~ “From a Veteran Teacher’s Point of View ~ Stan Hartzler” – By Alice Linahan

1.22.13 — “Christopher Columbus Goes Green” – by Ginger Russell –

1.19.13 – “Renowned Science Author Banned from CSCOPE” – by Janice Van Cleave – 

1.18.13 – “CSCOPE Science Lesson – Discredited, Error-Filled” – by Janice Van Cleave –

1.13.13 – “Obama Interested in ‘Allah-Is-God’ Curriculum – CSCOPE” – by John Griffing, World Net Daily – 

1.3.13 — Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 of Colleen Vera’s investigative report, “What’s Behind the Curtain?”

Part 1 – http://educationviews.org/cscope-whats-behind-the-curtain-part-i/

Part 2 – http://educationviews.org/pt-2-cscope-whats-behind-the-curtain/

1.10.13 – Comment posted anonymously by Texas teacher —  

10.12.12 – “CSCOPE: Texas Teachers Given Gag Order” – Written by concerned Texas educators –

10.26.12 – List of CSCOPE Schools in Texas –

*Note:  Janice VanCleave regularly updates her CSCOPE website:www.TxCscopeReview.com

Women On The Wall Radio ~ WBTM Guest Lisa Benson

Women On the Wall will be taking on this issue and sharing information and updates on our weekly radio show on Monday mornings at 10 am CST. You will not want to miss this show. We will have up to date information on CSCOPE  and guests who are the experts on education and other issues that are effecting our children and grandchildren.

Dr. Hartzler loves teaching and seeing students excitement when they realize their potential but due to the controlled teaching that Cscope in his district demanded Dr. Hartzler quit his job from Luling ISD over the Christmas Holidays. He would love to go back to teaching but not with Cscope in place.

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